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St. Monica and the Prayers of Mothers

August 27, 2015 35 Comments
St. Monica and the Prayers of Mothers

On this Feast of St. Monica, who prayed at length for her son, I’d like to say that my mother prayed for me, too! And I really needed (and still need) her prayers. Satan hates priests and seeks above all to get to us. Jesus remarked laconically and pointedly, quoting from Zechariah (13:7), Strike the […]

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Be Catholic to Save the World by Grace! Some Words of Encouragement from the Early Church

August 26, 2015 10 Comments
Be Catholic to Save the World by Grace! Some Words of Encouragement from the Early Church

There are some who would have the Church step back to avoid persecution or giving offense. Perhaps there are assets like buildings and land to protect. And maybe some rapprochement with the world will attract more members. Or so the thinking goes. But a study of earlier periods of persecution reveals a different plan for […]

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Blessed are the Pure of Heart – A Reflection on an Often Misunderstood Beatitude and Virtue

August 25, 2015 12 Comments
Blessed are the Pure of Heart – A Reflection on an Often Misunderstood Beatitude and Virtue

One of the beatitudes taught by Jesus is often misunderstood, largely due to the popular translations of it from the Greek text: “Blessed are the pure of heart,” or “Blessed are the clean of heart.” Let’s look at three facets of the beatitude: its fundamental meaning, its focus, and the freedom it gives. I. Fundamental […]

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His Wrath is Not Turned Back, His Hand is Still Outstretched! Pondering the Wrath of God as a Work of Revelation

August 24, 2015 14 Comments
His Wrath is Not Turned Back, His Hand is Still Outstretched! Pondering the Wrath of God as a Work of Revelation

When reading Scripture that mentions the wrath of God, most think of His wrath in human terms. But we must be clear that God does not get angry the way we do. Further, our God is not moody: pleasant and patient one moment and then angry and punishing the next. No, God does not suffer […]

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Biblical Teaching on the Use of Colorful and Harsh Language

August 23, 2015 5 Comments
Biblical Teaching on the Use of Colorful and Harsh Language

In the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord warns of using uncivil and/or hateful words such as “Raqa” and “fool.” And yet the same Lord Jesus often used very strong language toward some of His opponents, sometimes calling them names such as vipers and hypocrites. We live in a world that often insists on the […]

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Two Hard Sayings in One Day – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

August 22, 2015 23 Comments
Two Hard Sayings in One Day – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

Today’s readings feature two “hard sayings,” one on the Eucharist, the other on marriage. One is hard because it defies our sensibilities, the other is hard because it is out-of-season and politically incorrect. The first hard saying is Jesus’ insistence that the Eucharist is actually His Body and Blood and that we must eat His […]

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Full yet Lonely – A Picture of the Modern Person, as Seen in a Video

August 21, 2015 8 Comments
Full yet Lonely – A Picture of the Modern Person, as Seen in a Video

One of the great “evils” of our time is satiation. I put the word “evil” inside quotation marks to emphasize that no particular good thing that God has made is, in itself, evil. But on account of our own inordinate drives, we accumulate and indulge beyond reason. And in becoming satiated, we leave little room […]

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Answering Those Who Say There Is Only One Mediator

August 20, 2015 23 Comments
Answering Those Who Say There Is Only One Mediator

There is a common Protestant claim that there is one (sole) mediator between God and Man—Jesus. Therefore, they say, asking the saints to pray for us is useless, wrong, and maybe even sinful. Those who object, usually cite some of the following texts: For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God […]

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